Poster Session
Issue Date: August 2020
Published Online: August 01, 2020
Updated: September 09, 2020
Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (taVNS) Treatment: Relationship to Motor Abilities and Neuroimaging in At-Risk Infants
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
Article Information
Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Translational Research
Poster Session   |   August 01, 2020
Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (taVNS) Treatment: Relationship to Motor Abilities and Neuroimaging in At-Risk Infants
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411520479. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO4132
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411520479. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO4132
Abstract

Date Presented 03/27/20

A noninvasive application of vagal nerve stimulation, taVNS, stimulates the auricular branch of the vagal nerve. In a first-in-neonates application, infants who received taVNS for oral feeding dysfunction also showed improvements in head control and brain neuroimaging of major white-matter tracts. These exploratory results are promising and promote future studies of taVNS to improve motor abilities in infants with feeding difficulties or motor disorders.

Primary Author and Speaker: Shelby Davis

Additional Authors and Speakers: Amy Reiner, Hannah Haskin, Patty Coker-Bolt, Turki Aljuhani

Contributing Authors: Mark George, Bashar Badran, Dorthea Jenkins